DAVID Flitcroft will not allow his Swindon Town squad to turn in on themselves as their current County Ground phobia faces another stern examination tomorrow.

As players, management and supporters will be united in their hope that Boxing Day’s 5-0 pummelling at the hands of a slick Luton Town outfit represented the nadir of their troubles at home, another currently-buoyant outfit Notts County – themselves unbeaten since early November – arrive to test Wiltshire nerves once more.

Flitcroft has already made plain his intention to shake things up when the transfer window opens next week but while some players could soon find themselves in a battle to retain their starting shirt, the manager is determined that Kevin Nolan’s visitors will face a united front on Saturday afternoon.

“It will be another test of the squad, it will be a test of individuals and a test of the collective,’’ said Flitcroft. “Saturday will give us the opportunity to find out who is with us and who is not.

“If you get a blame culture in any business then it won’t be successful. It’s easy to point fingers and easy to start blaming other people.

“We have got to look at ourselves and make sure we put that right and that’s what we will start doing.

“They have been together this season and the disparity between the home form and away from is clear. Maybe some more competition might re-stimulate some of the players.’’

Despite new faces being expected to arrive over the coming weeks, Flitcroft has also attempted to freshen things up from the inside.

Midfielders Tom Smith and James Brophy were recalled from non-league loan spells last month, while young striker Scott Twine sat on the bench for the Boxing Day battering.

Smith and Brophy’s returns were mainly due to a lengthening injury list – Smith subsequently returned to National League South side Bath City where he has largely excelled and scored twice for the Romans in Saturday’s derby win at Chippenham Town – but Twine re-entered the fray after impressing the boss.

The 18-year-old, who made his Town debut in the 3-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic on the final day of the ill-fated League One campaign last season, had enjoyed a successful loan spell at Chippenham this term.

Twine scored four times in 10 appearances for the Bluebirds before his season was curtailed by a hamstring injury and he returned to the County Ground.

Despite the hopes of Chippenham boss Mark Collier that he would be able to take the player back down the M4, Flitcroft has been pleased by what he has seen from the teenager.

“Chippenham did want him back but with the glut of games we have got, it was important we kept him,’’ added the manager.

“He is likely to nick you a goal and certainly his industry and endeavour is something that has caught my eye since I have been here. He is in the squad on merit.’’